Manly Meatloaf


Manly Meatloaf is a gluten free, dairy free, and soy free lip-smacking meatloaf.

Meatloaf can have a bad wrap.  I would say I don’t know why, but I have tasted some pretty flavorless, dry or flavor wronged (yeah it will catch on, it means wronged with flavor or incorrect flavorings) meatloaves before.  This is a different experience entirely.  It is so moist with a hint of spice from the hot pork and just the right balance of herbs and a simple brown sugared ketchup topping.  I love having the sweet ketchup with onions on top.  It just isn’t the same without it.  

    Over the years and it took me quite a few, to come up with a recipe that was just perfect!  It is a family favorite in our home and I have been asked for the recipe so many times over the years by guests and family that it will be nice to say, “It’s on my website.”  Make sure you are getting quality meat since this will greatly affect the outcome.  I mean the whole thing is pretty much meat, after all .  Check the packaging on the pork sausage to make sure there is no soy or other allergens.  Getting fresh, local may be a good option.   I feel in the name of full disclosure, I should tell you my hubby and I can polish off a whole loaf in one day.  I know it is terrible, since it is all meat and in no way healthy, but this meatloaf is just amazing!   This is not the minority, when it comes to devouring this meatloaf.  Each couple we have had over as guests, has polished off their own loaf as well.  So if you have a big family you will need to do separate loaves and combine them separately as well, to reduce the risk of over mixing and undercooking.   I have done this many times, when we have guests and it isn’t that big of a difference on time.  Just sauté all the onions and mushrooms at once and divide it after cooking.  You don’t want to add more than 2 lbs. of meat per loaf pan, cause it will overcook on the outside and undercook in the middle.  Yes I learned this from personal experience.  I told you guys, years for the perfect meatloaf, and I wasn’t joking.  If you serve filling sides like mashed potatoes and beef gravy, and biscuits, and cooked veggies and have dessert in view, you may be able to reduce the consumption of  this unbelievably lip smacking meatloaf.  

I cannot put a claim on this, but…it may be the perfect man food.  If you are looking for a man, and trying to lock it down, this could be your answer.  If you need some chores done around the house, get this Man Loaf going, let ’em smell the marvelous aroma and only serve after all the required “honey do” list items are checked off.  If you think you will have them do it after, good luck.  The only thing people are good for after consuming this Meaty Man Loaf is taking a nap or watching tv.   This is also good to serve to guests that are staying in your house that may not be the most…uh….how do I put it without offending?  Hmmm, to guests that you would prefer not to spend a whole lot of time around, as in you would love if they went to bed early and got up late,  or left after dinner sort of thing.  Of course it is also good to serve to people you love, just remember, they won’t be useful for much after.  Man I love this meatloaf, just thinking about it gets me craving it.  




















 Manly Meatloaf 

Gluten free, soy free, dairy free meatloaf




  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 Cup of my  GF Breading Mix
  • 1 TBSP dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup
  • 3 TBSP. Worcestershire Sauce (GF, SF)
  • 3 cloves fresh minced garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • One  4 oz. can sliced mushrooms (can use sliced fresh)
  • 1/2 Cup diced white onion (about 1/4 large white onion)
  • olive oil for saute’
  • About 1.25 lb. Ground Beef ( 90% lean) Don’t get a higher fat content because the pork is so fatty it will overcompensate, believe me.
  • About 1/2 lb. ground Hot Pork Sausage
  • Optional:  add chopped fresh parsley on top

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 2 TBSP Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp. dried minced onion


1.  Saute’ onion and mushrooms, with salt and pepper, in olive oil for about 3 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

2.  In a large glass bowl combine 1 egg, GF Breading Mix, parsley, thyme, ketchup, Worcestershire, and garlic until well mixed.  Add the saute’ mixture and combine.  Then add the ground beef and ground pork and mix lightly.  Don’t over mix .

3.  Put in an oven safe loaf pan and smooth the top with your hands.  Bake at 350 F for 1 hour.

4.  Meanwhile, mix the Topping Ingredients in a microwave safe glass dish.  Cook for 30 seconds, stir and cook for another 30 seconds.  Set aside.

5.  Remove and add Ketchup topping, bake for another 10 minutes.  Cool about 10 minutes and serve.  Optional: add fresh parsley on top


Manly Meatloaf is a gluten free(with gluten free oats), dairy free, and soy free meatloaf recipe.

Author: Joy

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